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Survey Shows 86% of Those Polled Believe Drivers Are More Distracted Than Five Years Ago

A recent survey asked 1,000 drivers about their driving skills and distracting road habits revealed that 86% of active drivers say people are more distracted while driving now than five years ago.

The survey, conducted by Mercury Insurance, asked a variety of questions regarding distracted road habits to uncover dangerous road behaviors.

According to that survey, 80% of U.S. drivers rated their driving skills at an eight or above out of 10, but tech habits are a main source of distraction.

Other results from the survey revealed:

  • 66% of active drivers admit to using their phone while driving
  • Nearly 1 in 5 respondents (18%) often take their hands off the wheel while driving — 8% admit to using their knees to steer. 
  • 26% of active drivers have either come close or been in an accident due to texting and driving
  • Of drivers who use their phones while driving, Facebook is their most commonly used app (30%), followed closely by TikTok (18%) and Instagram (14%).

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